The craze for cats may seem like a modern day phenomena, however artists have often looked to their feline friends for inspiration throughout history. The mewing muses were the gods of their own religion in ancient Egypt, and not much has changed since then. Their solitary character and need for attention is something many artistic minds throughout the history could relate to as well, and flavorwire has put together a very amusing selection of world’s greatest artists and their feline friends. Artists like Matisse, Dali, Picasso, and many more are seen posing with their furry muses – each in their own and different way!
Everyone knows cats own the Internet (sorry, dogs). See which kitten companions have melted the hearts of artists.
Henri Matisse loved his cats: Minouche and Coussi
Ai Weiwei with Lai Lai — one of his 40 cats
Salvador Dalí with his pet ocelot, Babou
Picasso and his Cat
Photographer Margaret Bourke-White with her kitten in 1944
Gustav Klimt with his pet, Katze
Paul Klee with kitty, Bimbo
Romare Bearden hanging out with Gippo
Pierre Bonnard and cat
Henri Cartier-Bresson captured friend Saul Steinberg lounging with his cat
“This is all you need in life: a computer, a camera, and a cat.” — Agnès Varda
Edward Gorey loved cats
Jacques Villon, Marcel Duchamp, and Raymond Duchamp-Villon and their cats
Photographer Edward Weston nicknamed his home “Wildcat Hill,” because of all the cats that congregated there
Frida Kahlo’s cat feeling shunned as she snuggles a monkey
Jean Cocteau with Karoun
Maya Lin sharing a quiet moment with her cat in her New York studio
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.
He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.
An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.
One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.